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Health Archive            Date Archived:  July 25th 2006
 
 

Heavy Children More Likely to Die Prematurely – Overweight Teens Pass Away At a Younger Age – Nurses Health Study II

Heavy Children More Likely to Die Prematurely – Overweight Teens Pass Away At a Younger Age – Nurses Health Study II

Teen

Harvard researchers say that overweight children have an increased risk of premature death.  The researchers found that being overweight at 18 years of age is associated with an increased risk of premature death in younger and middle-aged women.

The data was extrapolated from 102,400 participants in the Nurses Health Study II, launched in 1989.  The study participants were all between the ages of 24 and 44.  They were asked what their weights were at age 18 and from this the researchers calculated their body mass index (BMI).  The BMI is weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.  Complete Article


Non-Surgical Lung Cancer Treatment Combination Extends Life - Inoperable Small Cell Tumors Can Be Treated With Heat

Non-Surgical Lung Cancer Treatment Combination Extends Life - Inoperable Small Cell Tumors Can Be Treated With Heat

Thermal Ablation

Researchers have found that 57% of lung cancer patients that undergo thermal ablation survived three years, which is two years longer than the average life expectancy.  The candidates selected for the thermal (heat) treatment were not surgical candidates according to the oncology team which consisted of a pulmonologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and thoracic surgeon.

The treatment involves guiding a needle through the skin into the tumor.  Energy is then applied to the tip of the needle to “cook” and kill the tumor.  The surgeons say the tumors is killed with heat or they can “freeze” it with cold.  Complete Article


Alzheimer’s Treatment - Diabetes Drug may help treat Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s Treatment - Diabetes Drug may help treat Alzheimer’s disease

Health

Research from the University of Virginia Health System and Case Western Reserve University found that a drug called piogliatozone HCI, which is used to treat type 2 Diabetes may also help people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s disease damages the brain’s ability to think and remember well and affects approximately 4.5 million people in the United States.

"We believe that the drug may reduce the body's inflammatory reaction to one of the toxic components that builds up in Alzheimer's, called amyloid plaque,” said Dr. David Geldmacher, an associate professor of neurology at UVa.  The study was first reported at the world's largest Alzheimer's conference, ICAD 2006, in Madrid, Spain on July 16th, 2006.  There is a growing idea of a relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s that have made ICAD organizers highlight this study.  Complete Article


Bladder Cancer – Scientists demonstrates how a protein helps to spread Cancer

Bladder Cancer – Scientists demonstrates how a protein helps to spread Cancer

Courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories

Scientists from the Jefferson Medical College and Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center believe that they have found a protein called proepithelin that helps aid in the spread of bladder cancer.  The study was first reported in the July 15th issue of Cancer Research.

"The fact that proepithelin doesn't appear to strongly promote cell proliferation, but instead promotes migration and invasion – two crucial steps leading to metastasis – suggests that it could be critical for the passage of a cancer from a noninvasive to an invasive phenotype," said Andrea Morrione, Ph.D., research assistant professor of urology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Complete Article


Brain Injury May Be Reversed With Common Sleeping Pill - Ambien Has Helped Some Patients Regain Use of Some Functions - Reverse Damage

Brain Injury May Be Reversed With Common Sleeping Pill - Ambien Has Helped Some Patients Regain Use of Some Functions - Reverse Damage

Ambien

Remarkable research shows that the common sleeping pill Ambien may help patients with brain damage recover the use of some of their brain.  Although the awakening side effect is rare, doctors say that some patients may benefit.

ABC News reporter, Mike Von Fremd, interviewed a doctor that has been studying the prescription sleeping pills.  Dr. Ralf Clauss speculates that while brain injury may cause some parts of the brain to remain dormant, sometimes the drug may temporarily reverse this change. Complete Article


Fertility Treatments Not As Effective As Natural Method - Infertility Experts Recommend Infertile Couples to Keep Trying

Fertility Treatments Not As Effective As Natural Method - Infertility Experts Recommend Infertile Couples to Keep Trying

Health

Amazingly, it appears some women that undergo fertility treatments are less likely to get pregnant than those that don’t.  These treatments can be very expensive and produce multiple births, so researchers in the Netherland hope to identify women with unexplained infertility.

About 10 percent of couples have trouble conceiving after one year of trying. Of these, one third do not have any obvious problems.   Complete Article


New Blood Test Screens For Lung Cancer Before X-rays can Detect it - Non-Small Cell Most Common Diagnosed Lung Cancer 

New Blood Test Screens For Lung Cancer Before X-rays can Detect it - Non-Small Cell Most Common Diagnosed Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

A new blood test can detect non-small cell lung cancer long before it can be detected by an X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scans.  When tested on people being treated for lung cancer, they have been successful in positively identifying 90 percent of cases.  There have been very few false positive cases when samples were taken from people who did not have cancer. Complete Article


Reduced risk of Stroke and diseases shown with Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Supplements

Reduced risk of Stroke and diseases shown with Natural Vitamin E Tocotrienol Supplements

Palm Oil Tree Fruit

Studies from Ohio State University Medical Center found that taking a natural form of vitamin E was able to successfully reach the blood in humans, sufficient enough to reduce the risk of stroke and other diseases.  The research was first reported in the May issue of the journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling.

Vitamin E is found in eight different forms in nature.  The most common vitamin E available as a supplemen is in the form of tocopherol (TCP).  The researchers in this study looked at tocotrienol (TCT).  Tocotrienol is found naturally in palm oil.  Complete Article


Positive Link Between Glaucoma and Type 2 Diabetes - Most Common Form of Both Diseases are Related According to Study

Positive Link Between Glaucoma and Type 2 Diabetes - Most Common Form of Both Diseases are Related According to Study

Eye screening

New research has discovered a link between the most common type of glaucoma and type 2 diabetes.  Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG), the most common form of glaucoma, is “positively associated” with the most common form of diabetes.  Complete Article


New Data on Raloxifene - Benefits come at a price - Breast Cancer Study Compares Drug to Tamoxifen

New Data on Raloxifene - Benefits come at a price - Breast Cancer Study Compares Drug to Tamoxifen

Tamoxifen and raloxifene

For the past several years, Lilly Pharmaceuticals and the National Cancer Institute have been conducting a head to head trial called STAR, comparing raloxifene (Evista) to Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) to see if one was better than the other at lowering the risk of breast cancer in high risk women.

As expected, both drugs yielded a strong benefit in lowering the risk of invasive breast in the women studied. Raloxifene appeared to be superior to tamoxifen because it provided equal protection against breast cancer while resulting in slightly fewer cases of endometrial cancer, serious blood clots, and cataracts; although, these differences were not large and may have been due to chance. Nevertheless, the results of this trial were sensationalized and made headlines. Complete Article


Overweight People More Likely To Have Asthma - Obesity Linked to Lung Ailment - Australian Study Found Protein That Triggers Attacks

Overweight People More Likely To Have Asthma - Obesity Linked to Lung Ailment - Australian Study Found Protein That Triggers Attacks

Inhaler

Australian researchers at Sydney's Garvan Institute believe there is a link between obesity and asthma and speculate that this is the reason why asthma is on the increase in Western countries.  They have found a fatty acid binding protein called aP2 in the lungs of asthma patients.

This protein has already been known for its role in diabetes and obesity.  Now they know it is present in the lungs where it is crucial in controlling inflammation in asthma. Complete Article


Study Recommends Screening Babies for Heart Rhythm Defect - Long QT Syndrome Could Be Cause Of Sudden Infant Death 

Study Recommends Screening Babies for Heart Rhythm Defect - Long QT Syndrome Could Be Cause Of Sudden Infant Death

Screening Saves Lives

Italian heart specialists are “urgently” recommending that all children around three to four years of age be screened to pick up a life-threatening genetic condition called Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). The researchers did a cost analysis and have found that a significant number of sudden deaths could be prevented for less than €12,000 per year-of-life saved.

Long QT syndrome is an electrical rhythm disorder of the heart.  There are rarely symptoms and it is a leading cause of sudden death in children and young adults.  They say that when it occurs in infants their deaths are usually mislabeled as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Complete Article


Pregnant Women Who Smoke Linked To Behavioral Problems in Toddlers - Maternal Smoking Mothers More Trouble with Terrible-Two Kids

Pregnant Women Who Smoke Linked To Behavioral Problems in Toddlers - Maternal Smoking Mothers More Trouble with Terrible-Two Kids

Toddler

It has been known for a long time that cigarette smoking is dangerous but now there is some evidence the smoking during pregnancy is linked to behavior problems in toddlers.  Researcher from UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) College of Medicine's Institute for Juvenile Research found that 2-year-olds regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in utero were nearly 12 times more likely to show clinical levels of behavior problems compared to toddlers who were not exposed.

After evaluating 93 children between their first and second birthdays, UIC researchers found that the 44 children exposed to cigarette smoke before birth were more prone to behavioral problems.  These women reported smoking a pack or more a day.  Complete Story


List of Safer Tuna - Environmental Group Says Mercury Levels High in Tuna Caught in Ecuador and Mexico - Trader Joes and Dolphin Safe Best

List of Safer Tuna - Environmental Group Says Mercury Levels High in Tuna Caught in Ecuador and Mexico - Trader Joes and Dolphin Safe Best

Can of Tuna

The environmental group, Defenders of Wildlife, says that canned tuna from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico can contain mercury levels 30 percent to 50 percent higher than the federal limit.  It is believed that larger fish have more mercury because they are older and have been exposed to the substance longer.

Tuna caught in Thailand and the United States have less mercury because the fishing is usually done in “dolphin safe” conditions. This type of fishing is more likely to net smaller tuna with less mercury.

The canners in Mexico and Ecuador usually buy from fishers who drop their nets near schools of dolphins.  This usually assures they get the larger / older Tuna.  These tuna usually have the higher levels of Mercury.  Complete Article 


Physical Activity Makes You Live Longer - Paying Jobs and Other Non-Exercise Activities Reduce Death Rate According to Study

Physical Activity Makes You Live Longer - Paying Jobs and Other Non-Exercise Activities Reduce Death Rate According to Study

Health

New research shows that when adults expend energy in non-exercise related activities, such as work at paying jobs, washing the dishes or cleaning the house, they had a lower “rate of death”, compared to less active adults.  Since self reporting does not give an accurate assessment of physical activity, the scientists came up with a new method to determine energy expenditures.    

The researchers gave 302 high-functioning adults certain isotopes in their water to measure the rate at which their bodies eliminated carbon dioxide.  Since there is a relationship between carbon dioxide loss and total energy expended, the scientists were able to determine, quantitatively, the amount each adult worked.  Their resting metabolic rate was also measured.  Complete Article


Magic Mushrooms Cause Positive Changes For Months - Could Be Used To Treat Depression By Changing Mood and Anxiety

Magic Mushrooms Cause Positive Changes For Months - Could Be Used To Treat Depression By Changing Mood and Anxiety

Mushrooms

Amazing new research from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute believe that the resulting experience form ingesting the active agent in “sacred Mushrooms” apparently prompts “positive changes in behavior and attitude that lasts several months, at least.”  The researchers are still not sure where in the brain the agent, psilocybin works.

They do know that psilocybin mimics the effect of serotonin on brain receptors, as do some other hallucinogens.  The research is cited as “landmark” in a commentary by former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director, Charles Schuster.  Complete Article


Male Circumcision Can Lower HIV Infection Rate - Could Save Millions of Lives By Lowering Risk of Contracting AIDS

Male Circumcision Can Lower HIV Infection Rate - Could Save Millions of Lives By Lowering Risk of Contracting AIDS

AIDS Reduction Possible

World Health Organization (WHO) researchers say that male circumcision could reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV.  Last year, a South African trial suggested that circumcision could reduce the risk for men becoming infected with AIDS by 60 to 65 percent.  The researchers say that if all men were circumcised, two million infections and around 300,000 deaths could be prevented over the next 10 years.   Complete Article


Heart Failure Patients Could Benefit From Genetic Test - Beta Blockers Work In Some Patients Only - May Determine Best Treatment

Heart Failure Patients Could Benefit From Genetic Test - Beta Blockers Work In Some Patients Only - May Determine Best Treatment

Genetics

Scientists believe they can genetically test patients suffering from heart failure to determine which ones will benefit from beta-blockers.  Maryland researchers have identified a common genetic variation that could help determine whether a person with heart failure would benefit from the common drug. 

The study, involving 1040 heart failure patients over a four year period, compared beta-blocker to a placebo and found a 38 percent reduction in the death rate among patients who took the beta-blocker and who also had two copies of a genetic variant called arginine (Arg-389).  They also found that 34 percent of these patients had a reduction in the combined number of hospitalizations and deaths.  Complete Article


Parkinson's Disease and Apathy Are Linked - Frontal Cortex Center for Both Disorders - More People Diagnosed Before the Age of 50

Parkinson's Disease and Apathy Are Linked - Frontal Cortex Center for Both Disorders - More People Diagnosed Before the Age of 50

Apathy

More people are being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease before the age of 50.  Also, researchers in Florida have found that Parkinson’s disease patients can be apathetic without being depressed.  They believe apathy could be the core feature of the disease. This is a mental state characterized by a loss of motivation, loss of interest and loss of effortful behavior. 

Depression is different from apathy in that people with depression have a negative mood.  Although people with apathy and depression have similar symptoms, the person with apathy has a “neutral” mood. 


Preventative Cardiovascular Imaging Could Save Lives and Money - Non-Invasive Screening Recommended by Cardiologist Association

Preventative Cardiovascular Imaging Could Save Lives and Money - Non-Invasive Screening Recommended by Cardiologist Association

Phillips Imaging System

New guidelines recommend non-invasive screening of men between the ages of 45 and 75 and women between the age’s of 55 and 75 to assess their coronary plaque buildup or carotid wall thickness. They recommend the implementation of cardiovascular imaging technologies as part of a comprehensive heart attack risk assessment and reduction strategy. 

The SHAPE (Screening for Heart Attack Prevention and Education) Task Force recommends this screening for men and women even if they do not have symptoms for cardiovascular disease.


Medicaid Identification Rules Relaxed - New Proof of Citizenship Documentation Requirements Eased

Medicaid Identification Rules Relaxed - New Proof of Citizenship Documentation Requirements Eased

Medicaid Card

New regulations have relaxed citizenship documentation requirements for about 8 million seniors and beneficiaries with disabilities, according to a report from UPI.  The Kaiser Network reports that “Consumer and patient advocates on Friday said they "welcomed" the new exemptions to Medicaid proof-of-citizenship rules announced last week but said more changes are needed to ensure millions of other beneficiaries do not lose coverage.”


Generic Zocor Drugs Make Lipitor Harder to Get - Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Becoming Less Expensive As Insurers Balk at Brand Names

Generic Zocor Drugs Make Lipitor Harder to Get - Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Becoming Less Expensive As Insurers Balk at Brand Names

Zocor

Drug companies have been under heavy pressure by the insurance industry and other consumer groups to lower the cost of prescription drugs.  Since Lipitor is the most prescribed brand name drug in the world, news that the Statin drug is getting harder and more expensive to get raised some eyebrows.

The national newspaper, USA Today, examined how some U.S. residents have begun to find that the anti-cholesterol medication, Lipitor, more difficult to get a prescription for.  According to the report Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, has become "harder and more expensive to get" as employers encourage use of generic medications to reduce prescription drug costs.


AIDS - Possible to Manufacture T-cells From Embryonic Stem Cells - UCLA Scientists Say Gene Therapy May Be Used To Fight HIV

AIDS - Possible to Manufacture T-cells From Embryonic Stem Cells - UCLA Scientists Say Gene Therapy May Be Used To Fight HIV

T-cells

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have been able “coax” stem cells into becoming T-cells.  T-cells are a type of white blood cell that plays a crucial role in the immune system.

The scientists say that if T-cells could be manufactured this could provide a powerful weapon against AIDS and other immune disorders and diseases.  At the core of their research are the stem cells which have the ability to transform themselves into a variety of cells. 


Exercise Benefits Patients Being Treated For Cancer - Helps Ease Fatigue While Undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatments

Exercise Benefits Patients Being Treated For Cancer - Helps Ease Fatigue While Undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatments

Exercise

Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia say that exercise can benefit some cancer patients who experience weight gain or loss, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.  Most of the cases studied required treatments that produced these side effects.  The exercise helped cancer patients who were undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. 

They found that exercise improved the “physical functions” of patients currently or recently being treated for cancer.  Vicki Conn, associate dean of research and professor of nursing, said, “Improvement in physical function, such as the ability to climb a flight of stairs or walk a certain distance, is an important outcome because it greatly impacts patients with jobs and children. Exercise can reduce recovery time and help patients feel better as they deal with the side effects of cancer treatment." She led the team of researchers from MU's Sinclair School of Nursing.


Babies Fed Breast Milk Smarter Than Premature Formula Counterparts - Less Bed Wetting and Brain Development Improvements

Babies Fed Breast Milk Smarter Than Premature Formula Counterparts - Less Bed Wetting and Brain Development Improvements

Baby

New research published in the July issue of Pediatrics finds that premature children fed breast milk in the hospital did better on tests of mental development later in life than did others fed only formula. The premature babies all weighed less than 2 pounds, 3 ounces.

The study involved 1,035 premature babies, some of which were born 3 months premature.  Of these babies, one quarter were fed only formula.  The researchers took into account many factors, including the parent’s income and education.  They found that on the average, the babies given breast milk scored higher on tests of mental development when they were 18 months old than the babies fed formula only. 


Low Calorie Diet Slows Muscle Aging - Increases Life Span Eating Less Makes you Healthier

Low Calorie Diet Slows Muscle Aging - Increases Life Span Eating Less Makes you Healthier

Skeletal Muscle

New research from Canada indicates that a low calorie diet may do more than trim your waistline, but may also help you maintain younger muscles as you age.  The study was conducted with rats, and the researchers found that the elderly rats on a calorie-restricted diet had the muscle mass and function of much younger rats.

The rats came from the US-based National Institute of Aging, where they were bred from a young age.  The rats ate about 40 percent fewer calories than normal from nutritionally rich foods.  The Calgary Herald reported that Russ Hepple, a University of Calgary physiologist, believes the muscles age slower on a low calorie diet.  Hepple said “It's the equivalent of an 80-year-old rat with the muscles of a 20-year-old rat.”


West Nile Virus (WNV) Symptoms Include Fever Nausea Muscle Weakness and More - List of States Where Human Infections Are Located

West Nile Virus (WNV) Symptoms Include Fever Nausea Muscle Weakness and More - List of States Where Human Infections Are Located

Mosquito

This is the beginning of West Nile Virus (WNV) season and human cases have been identified in Idaho, Texas, Colorado and Mississippi.  Cases involving other animals have been identified in most of the other states. 

The West Nile Virus could be considered a new phenomenon.  It was first discovered in a febrile adult woman in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937.  Later it became apparent the virus was responsible for severe meningitis and encephalitis in elderly patients in Israel in 1957.  Since then it has spread throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, west and central Asia, Oceania (subtype Kunjin), and most recently, North America.


Common Pain Killer Could Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk - Tylenol - Acetaminophen - Paracetamol - Cuts Danger By Thirty Percent

Common Pain Killer Could Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk - Tylenol - Acetaminophen - Paracetamol - Cuts Danger By Thirty Percent

Tylenol

Greek researchers say that regular use of Tylenol (acetaminophen or paracetamol) could reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by almost a third.  The meta-analysis included more than 746,000 women over a six-year period.  They found that 4,405 of the women in the eight major studies – from the USA, UK and Denmark – had ovarian cancer.

They looked at all of the studies that included paracetamol and ovarian cancer from 1966 to 2004.  Dr Stefanos Bonovas said “Meta-analysis involves doing a large amount of research into what has been published, summarising the results and combining them using statistical methods. Analyzing a wide range studies can often throw new light on a problem and raise new research questions.”  Bonovas is the lead researcher from the Greek Ministry of Health.


Heart Failure or Heart Attack - Enron CEO Ken Lay Could Have Died from Either Condition - Stress is Known Risk Factor - Defibrillators

Heart Failure or Heart Attack - Enron CEO Ken Lay Could Have Died from Either Condition - Stress is Known Risk Factor - Defibrillators

Portable Heart Defibrillator

Doctors are not sure whether the extra stress killed Enron CEO Ken Lay.  He has been under a lot of stress the past year after his conviction of defrauding investors and employees by repeatedly lying about Enron's finances.  He was looking at a long prison sentence.

He was already being treated for heart disease, but according to Joy Victory, Bharathi Radhakrishnan and the ABC News Medical Unit, he was not viewed as an imminent risk for heart attack.  Back in the mid 1990’s he was prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug. Around five years ago, his coronary disease had progressed to a point where his doctors decided to put in at least one stent.  This is a wire mesh device that was placed in one of his arteries to try to prevent a future heart attack, according to Victory. 


Possible Treatment for Down's Syndrome Retardation may Involve Interference with Gene - Same Gene might Cause Alzheimer's

Possible Treatment for Down's Syndrome Retardation may Involve Interference with Gene - Same Gene might Cause Alzheimer's

Health

Stanford University researchers believe they may be able to “reverse the cognitive decline” that frequently affects those with Down’s syndrome in middle age.  "We may now have the opportunity to make a big difference in people's lives," according to neurologist William Mobley, MD, PhD. "If we can decrease the expression of this gene we may be able to provide something more than supportive care to people with Down syndrome."

Mobley and his team believe they have found the gene that when overexpressed, causes neurons responsible for attention and memory to shrivel and stop functioning normally.  It may be possible to “interfere” with the gene.


Hepatitis C Virus could help stop replication if taking Statin Drugs along with Interferon

Hepatitis C Virus could help stop replication if taking Statin Drugs along with Interferon

Hepatitis C Virus

A study recently published in the July 2006 issue of Hepatology, found that taking cholesterol lowering statins could help slow down the replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV).  The standard treatment today is to use ribavirin along with interferon.  With these new findings statins may be an alternative treatment that could replace ribavirin in the current therapy.


Happiness is a Concept – Rich and Wealthy are not always Happier – High Income Earners Work More and Spend Less time on Fun

Happiness is a Concept – Rich and Wealthy are not always Happier

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Website

We assume that money can fix everything and even make us happy, however a study from Princeton University has shown that increasing your income is an exaggerated illusion.

A survey conducted by researchers from Princeton University showed us that we tend to over rate the importance of income creating a state of well-being.  While Americans strive to prioritize income as a key to happiness the reality is that high income earners are not spending their free time in enjoyable ways.


Gastric Bypass and LAP-BAND Surgeries Benefit Heart - Weight Loss Procedures Reduce Heart Disease Attacks - Possibly Diabetes as Well

Gastric Bypass and LAP-BAND Surgeries Benefit Heart - Weight Loss Procedures Reduce Heart Disease Attacks - Possibly Diabetes as Well

Gastric Bypass

Researchers say that the new weight loss surgery cuts the risk of heart disease in half in extremely obese patients.  These patients are also less likely to require bypass surgery to unclog blocked arteries, compared to those that did not have the surgery.

Extremely obese means having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher.  BMI is calculated by dividing a person's weight (in kilograms) by his or her height (in meters, squared).  The extremely (or morbidly) obese individual is also more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure than their normal weight counterparts.


Celiac Disease Clinical Trials for New Enzyme – Gluten Intolerance Sufferers May be Able to Eat Bread with AN-PEP

Celiac Disease Clinical Trials for New Enzyme – Gluten Intolerance Sufferers May be Able to Eat Bread with AN-PEP

Wheat

Researchers believe that the enzyme, prolyl endoprotease, can help celiac disease sufferers digest gluten.  This discovery is important because, unlike earlier attempts at using enzymes, these scientists have found that prolyl endoprotease works well in the stomach’s acidic environment. 

Frits Koning said “On the basis of our results, there now is a realistic chance that oral supplementation with an enzyme can ensure gluten degradation in the stomach before reaching the small intestine, where it causes problems for people with celiac disease.”  Koning is researcher at the Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands, who headed the team that has published a new research paper on its work. Celiac Disease Clinical Trials for New Enzyme – Gluten Intolerance Sufferers May be Able to Eat Bread with AN-PEP


Cystic Fibrosis – RNA interference used to silence Protein and correcting Chloride Transport Errors

Cystic Fibrosis – RNA interference used to silence Protein and correcting Chloride Transport Errors

Health

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes the body to ineffectively move chloride in and out of cells.  Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center have been able to isolate the overactive protein that causes the transport problem.  They further developed an RNA inference to silence the overproduced protein which made the cells return to normal.  These are preliminary studies and it would take years to develop a treatment for people.  The report was first published in the June 23rd issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  Cystic Fibrosis – RNA interference used to silence Protein and correcting Chloride Transport Errors


Dental - Scientists Use Ultrasound To Regrow Teeth And Bone - A Broken Tooth Can Be Re-Grown In One Year

Scientists Use Ultrasound To Regrow Teeth And Bone - A Broken Tooth Can Be Re-Grown In One Year

Health

Researchers from the University of Alberta believe they have found a method of regrowing teeth and possibly bone that have been broken.  The scientists use a miniaturized low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) system-on-a-chip which offers a non-invasive and novel way to stimulate jaw growth and dental tissue healing.

Dr. Tarak El-Bialy from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Jie Chen and Dr. Ying Tsui from the Faculty of Engineering developed a tiny wireless ultrasound transducer device that comfortably fits inside the patient’s mouth while packed in biocompatible materials.  The device is mounted on an orthodontic or “braces” bracket or even a plastic removable crown. The team also designed an energy sensor that will ensure the LIPUS power is reaching the target area of the teeth roots within the bone.  Dental - Scientists Use Ultrasound To Regrow Teeth And Bone - A Broken Tooth Can Be Re-Grown In One Year


High Blood Pressure - Channel Blockers and Diuretics Better than Beta Blockers According to NHS

High Blood Pressure - Channel Blockers and Diuretics Better than Beta Blockers According to NHS

Health

The National Health Service (NHS) of England and Wales says that patients should not be prescribed beta blockers for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).  They say other drugs are better at treating the condition, citing the increased risk for developing Diabetes. 

The newer drugs are more effective at protecting patients from heart attacks and strokes, according to the BBC.  The NHS said there is no need to make a special trip to the general practitioner (GP), but the treatment should be reviewed at your next visit.  High Blood Pressure - Channel Blockers and Diuretics Better than Beta Blockers According to NHS


10 Reasons for Obesity - Air Conditioning and Fewer Smokers Given as Reasons - Fat People Mating with Fat People Another Cause

10 Reasons for Obesity - Air Conditioning and Fewer Smokers Given as Reasons - Fat People Mating with Fat People Another Cause

Air Conditioner

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have come up with 10 reasons for obesity. Diet and exercise are important, but there are other unexpected obesity factors according to David B. Allison.

The number one reason on the list is (1) inadequate sleep.  According to new research, lack of sleep can cause weight gain and that chronic sleep deprivation boosts appetite and eating.  Allison says (2) endocrine disruptor substances, found in foods, pesticides, plastics and some drugs that may alter fats in the body, can lead to obesity.    10 Reasons for Obesity - Air Conditioning and Fewer Smokers Given as Reasons - Fat People Mating with Fat People Another Cause


High Blood Pressure and Hypertension – Drinking low-fat Milk may help Lower Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure and Hypertension – Drinking low-fat Milk may help Lower Blood Pressure

Milk

Researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston found that people who eat low-fat dairy along with a low-fat diet had lowered their blood pressure more than if they didn’t drink milk.  The study was first reported in the July issue of Hypertension which is published by the American Heart Association.

The systolic blood pressure reading, which is the top number, was lower when the people would eat low-fat dairy products.  The higher the systolic number the higher the risk for a person having heart disease.  High Blood Pressure and Hypertension – Drinking low-fat Milk may help Lower Blood Pressure


Coffee Reduces Risk of Diabetes - Decaffeinated Form Cuts Chance of Type-2 By 33 Percent

Coffee Reduces Risk of Diabetes - Decaffeinated Form Cuts Chance of Type-2 By 33 Percent

6 Cups of Coffee Better

Researchers from the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health say that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by up to 33 percent compared to women who don’t drink coffee.  The researchers used 28,812 postmenopausal women who did not have type-2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease as part of the Iowa Women's Health Study (1986-1997) to evaluate the risk.

Over the 11 year period, 1,418 women reported being diagnosed with the disease. The researchers then looked at the coffee intake.  Of the 28,812 women, about half (14,224) drank one to three cups of coffee per day; 2,875 drank more than six cups; 5,554 four to five cups; 3,231 less than one cup; and 2,928 none.  Coffee Reduces Risk of Diabetes - Decaffeinated Form Cuts Chance of Type-2 By 33 Percent


Autism Diagnosis Available At Birth By Examining the Placenta - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Diagnosis Available At Birth By Examining the Placenta - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Placenta Magnified

Yale researchers believe that they can diagnose autism at birth by identifying a placental abnormality, specifically the presence of trophoblast inclusions, which is a marker for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Autism is a developmental disorder that has a profound effect on socialization, communication, learning and other behaviors.  According to the researchers, one in every 200 children is diagnosed with a autism.  Autism Diagnosis Available At Birth By Examining the Placenta - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Cancer Treatments - New Tests Helps to Determine the Effectiveness of Targeted Cancer Drugs

Cancer Treatments - New Tests Helps to Determine the Effectiveness of Targeted Cancer Drugs

Close ups of Cells
image courtesy of Sandia

A new laboratory test that identifies patients who benefit most from targeted cancer drugs was introduced at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as the test's accuracy is sure to save hundreds of lives per year. This could help solve the problem of knowing which patients can tolerate costly, new treatments and their harmful side-effects. These “smart” drugs do not work for everyone, and a test to determine the efficacy of these drugs in a patient could be the first crucial step in personalizing treatment to the individual.  Cancer Treatments - New Tests Helps to Determine the Effectiveness of Targeted Cancer Drugs


How to Reduce Stress - Helps in Weight Loss Efforts and Keep you Younger

How to Reduce Stress - Helps in Weight Loss Efforts and Keep you Younger

Yoga Mind Body & Spirit Book

On 20/20 last Friday, one topic that was discussed was stress and how it causes us to age and gain weight.  It was assumed that sun was the only cause of wrinkles, but the truth is, stress also contributes to wrinkles.  There is also evidence the increased stress levels help to raise cortisol levels that trigger the storage of body fat.

One big contributor to stress is called NUT, which stands for Nagging, Unfinished, Tasks.  So if your desk is piled high, and you are constantly behind this is causing stress that is aging you and making you fat.  How can you organize your schedule to manage your chores and not feel overwhelmed?  How to Reduce Stress - Helps in Weight Loss Efforts and Keep you Younger


New Test to Identify Alzheimer’s Disease – Diagnosis and Determine Effectiveness of Drugs Used to Treat Condition Quickly

New Test to Identify Alzheimer’s Disease – Diagnosis and Determine Effectiveness of Drugs Used to Treat Condition Quickly

Brain Scans

Scientists are closer to determining whether Alzheimer’s patients have high levels of a brain protein because they make too much of it or because they can't clear it from their brains quickly enough. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed the first safe and sensitive way to monitor the production and clearance rates of amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) in the human central nervous system.  New Test to Identify Alzheimer’s Disease – Diagnosis and Determine Effectiveness of Drugs Used to Treat Condition Quickly


Brain Exercises Can Help Make Your Mind Younger - ABC News Program 20/20 Interview Dr. Oz and Roisen - Nintendo Real Brain Age Game

Brain Exercises Can Help Make Your Mind Younger - ABC News Program 20/20 Interview Dr. Oz and Roisen - Nintendo Real Brain Age Game

Nintendo Game

Brain age has become a very popular topic of discussion now days, especially with the popularity of the Nintendo Brain Age Game.  The company says you can train your mind to function better (or younger) in just minutes a day. 

The ABC News program 20/20 recently asked the question: “A lot of people believe that we use only 10 percent of our brain. Is that true?”  According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, co author of "You: The Owner's Manual", "It's not true. In fact, you'd be in big trouble if you only used 10 percent. The reality is that we use all of our brain, but we don't use it all the time."  Brain Exercises Can Help Make Your Mind Younger - ABC News Program 20/20 Interview Dr. Oz and Roisen - Nintendo Real Brain Age Game


Weight Loss - Standing At Work Can Lower Your Weight - Dr. Oz on ABC News Program 20/20 with John Stossel Body Myths Program

Weight Loss - Standing At Work Can Lower Your Weight - Dr. Oz on ABC News Program 20/20 with John Stossel Body Myths Program

John Stossel

Many people believe that a high metabolism correlates to a thinner physique. But is that true?  It seems that thin people can eat and eat without gaining weight.  They appear to be blessed with a high metabolism.

It is actually more complicated than that, according to Dr. Jim Levine who was featured on Friday’s ABC News program 20/20.  The program compared two individuals, a lean Kathy Strickland and a heavier Dawn Campion.  According to Levine, an obesity researcher at the Mayo Clinic and has studied the metabolism of lean and heavy people, “Dawn's numbers are actually higher because what we find continuously is that people with weight problems who have obesity have a higher basal metabolism compared to people who are lean.”   Weight Loss - Standing At Work Can Lower Your Weight - Dr. Oz on ABC News Program 20/20 with John Stossel Body Myths Program


Celiac Disease – Enzyme Therapy approach to treating Gluten Intolerance

Celiac Disease – Enzyme Therapy approach to treating Gluten Intolerance

Wheat Bread

Celiac Sprue which is an inherited inflammatory disorder of the small intestine may have a non-dietary therapy that may work.  Currently a celiac sufferer would not be able to eat gluten in their diet.  Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye.  The gluten cases an inflammatory reaction that can damage the small intestines.  It is estimated that there are approximately 1 in 200 people that suffer from celiac disease around the world.  Celiac Disease – Enzyme Therapy approach to treating Gluten Intolerance


Migraine Headache – New Electrical Stimulator Held Against Head Relieves Symptoms – Magnetic Pulse May Prevent Headaches  

Migraine Headache – New Electrical Stimulator Held Against Head Relieves Symptoms – Magnetic Pulse May Prevent Headaches  

Migraine Pain Relief medication

Researchers from the Ohio State University Medical Center say that a new experimental device that delivers a strong electrical current creating an intense magnetic field for about one millisecond against the patients head, could be an effective treatment for migraines.  The device appears to be effective in eliminating nausea and vomiting when administered during the onset of the migraine.

The device, called TMS, interrupts the aura phase of the migraine, often described as electrical storms in the brain, before they lead to headaches.  According to the researchers, these Auras are neural disturbances that signal the onset of migraine headaches.  Migraine Headache – New Electrical Stimulator Held Against Head Relieves Symptoms – Magnetic Pulse May Prevent Headaches  


Bird Flu – Human to Human Transmission of H5N1 virus confirmed

Bird Flu – Human to Human Transmission of H5N1 virus confirmed

Rooster

Scientists have confirmed its first laboratory case of human-to-human transmission of an Indonesian man who died after catching the H5N1 bird flu virus from his 10 year old son.  The World Health Organization (WHO) said this Friday, that this as an unusual family cluster.

According to a report in the International Herald Tribune, WHO scientists have also noted that the H5N1 virus has mutated slightly when the disease was present in the son.  WHO says that it does not mean that it would become easily spread between humans.  The Indonesian cluster at this time is considered insignificant.  Bird Flu – Human to Human Transmission of H5N1 virus confirmed


Eye Health - Eating Habits Related to Macular Degeneration - Age Related AMD Linked To Bad or High-Glycemic Carbohydrate Food Consumption

Eye Health - Eating Habits Related to Macular Degeneration - Age Related AMD Linked To Bad or High-Glycemic Carbohydrate Food Consumption

Health

There may be a link between Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and healthy eating habits, according to researchers at Tufts University, and colleagues.  The study by Allen Taylor, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), indicates that a diet of “quality” carbohydrates can limit the risk of AMD.

The researchers analyzed data from a sub-group of participants in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) who were enrolled in the Nutrition and Vision Program.  They evaluated data for a 10 year period examining the total carbohydrate intake and the dietary glycemic index statistics. This index is a measure of the quality of overall dietary carbohydrate. Eye Health - Eating Habits Related to Macular Degeneration - Age Related AMD Linked To Bad or High-Glycemic Carbohydrate Food Consumption


Fountain of Youth – Secrets to Living Longer new Understandings

Fountain of Youth – Secrets to Living Longer new Understandings

Fountain of Youth
1546 painting by Lucas Cranach

Have you ever wondered why some people live to be 100 years old and still are able to live independently?  Researchers have found some possible clues that may help to understand the differences in our bodies as we age.  Studies that give clues to how to live longer are being presented at the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology in Pittsburgh, PA from June 19-22.

One study showed that increase growth hormone may improve the quality of life in elderly and allow them to remain independent for a longer time.  The study conducted by George R. Merriam, M.D. who is the professor of medicine at the University of Washington / VA Puget Sound Health Care System along with colleagues completed a study of oral medication of growth hormones with elderly participants.  Fountain of Youth – Secrets to Living Longer new Understandings


Paralysis Treatment Using Stem Cells Around the Corner?  John Hopkins Researchers Implant Embryonic Cells in Rats Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

Paralysis Treatment Using Stem Cells Around the Corner?  John Hopkins Researchers Implant Embryonic Cells in Rats Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

Douglas Kerr

Amazing breakthrough in stem cell research may lead to a treatment for paralysis.  This is extremely hopeful news for those suffering from spinal cord injuries.  Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have injected neurons near the spinal cords of rats that had been paralyzed by a virus, and found that the rats were able to “partially” move their legs.

The procedure is not as simple as just injecting stem cells into a paralyzed rat.  The stem cells would just wonder aimlessly thought the body without the right mixture of growth factors and other chemicals (pharmacologic agents). This recipe of ingredients will entice the stem cells to form the appropriate connections. Paralysis Treatment Using Stem Cells Around the Corner?  John Hopkins Researchers Implant Embryonic Cells in Rats Treating Spinal Cord Injuries


Menopause Hot Flashes could be helped by taking Gabapentin

Menopause Hot Flashes could be helped by taking Gabapentin

Knowmenopause.com website

Gabapentin has been used to help in the treatment for menopausal hot flashes.  Gebapentin is used to treat migraine headaches.  Pfizer, who is the manufacturer of gabapentin, doesn't comment on off label use of drugs.  Using gebapentin for treating menopausal hot flashes is an off label use, but has been used as an alternative to the treatment of hot flashes compared to estrogen hormone therapy.

One research study looked at the alternatives therapies available for the treatment of hot flashes.  The researcher concluded with the following statement:  Menopause Hot Flashes could be helped by taking Gabapentin


Allergy More Likely In Clean Environments - Duke Researchers Compared Lab Mice and Rats to Wild Rodents - Good Hygiene Causes Allergies

Allergy More Likely In Clean Environments - Duke Researchers Compared Lab Mice and Rats to Wild Rodents - Good Hygiene Causes Allergies

Wild Rodents

Duke University researchers say countries that are “overly” hygienic have a tendency to acquire autoimmune disease and allergic reactions.  Their research involved a comparison between wild mice and common rats to laboratory mice and rats. 

The researchers focused on the animal’s production of various antibodies, known as immunoglobulins, either associated with autoimmune disease or associated with allergy.  When the mice, rats, or humans for that matter, encounter an invader or antigen, their immune systems kick into action producing antibodies that bind to the invader and destroy it. 

According to William Parker, PhD, there are many classes of immunoglobulins (Ig).  Parker is an assistant professor of experimental surgery and senior member of the study team. Allergy More Likely In Clean Environments - Duke Researchers Compared Lab Mice and Rats to Wild Rodents - Good Hygiene Causes Allergies


Weight Loss - Eating Trans Fat can make you fatter - Even if you count your Calories

Weight Loss - Eating Trans Fat can make you fatter - Even if you count your Calories

margarine

According to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine animals that ate trans fat compare to those that did not gained more weight from the same amount of calories.  The study was first presented at the 66th annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Washington, D.C by Kylie Kavanagh, D.V.M.

"Diets rich in trans fat cause a redistribution of fat tissue into the abdomen and lead to a higher body weight even when the total dietary calories are controlled," said Lawrence L. Rudel, Ph.D. who is a professor of pathology and biochemistry and is also the head of Lipid Sciences Research Program.  Weight Loss - Eating Trans Fat can make you fatter - Even if you count your Calories


Common Asthma Inhalers Can Cause Death with Repeated Use – Formoterol Serevent and Advair Named In Study  

Common Asthma Inhalers Can Cause Death with Repeated Use – Formoterol Serevent and Advair Named In Study

Inhaler

Researchers from Stanford and Cornell Universities are recommending three asthma inhalers be pulled from the U.S. market. Four out of five U.S. asthma-related deaths per year may be caused by inhalers containing the drugs salmeterol or formoterol. 

The researchers base their conclusions on 19 published studies involving 33,826 patients.  There statistical analysis found that the patients who inhaled the long-acting beta-agonists salmeterol or formoterol  were 3.5 times more likely to die from asthma and 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalized. Common Asthma Inhalers Can Cause Death with Repeated Use – Formoterol Serevent and Advair Named In Study


Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Gene Discovered - PLA2G6 Leads to Neuroaxonal Dystrophies Iron Build-up in Brain

Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Gene Discovered - PLA2G6 Leads to Neuroaxonal Dystrophies Iron Build-up in Brain

Susan Hayflick

Oregon scientists believe they have found the gene that can trigger several genetic disorders called neuroaxonal dystrophies, which can lead to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.  The disorder is a rare progressive childhood conditions that causes an abnormal buildup of iron in the brain.

According to Susan J. Hayflick MD, “If you're a family with a kid with one of these diseases, the impact is clear, specific and personal."  Susan is a professor of molecular and medical genetics, pediatrics and neurology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Gene Discovered - PLA2G6 Leads to Neuroaxonal Dystrophies Iron Build-up in Brain


Oprah's Bootcamp Show – Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover in 12 weeks

Oprah's Bootcamp Show – Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover in 12 weeks

Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover Book

Oprah Winfrey aired a show which first aired on February 14th, 2005.  She started a boot camp with some of the people that she worked with the help of Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover in 12 weeks.

You need to “own the number”, which means that what you weigh is your responsibility and you shouldn’t lie to yourself about it and ignore your weight.  She also had the volunteers from her work sign a contract with themselves that said they will work at losing weight.  They agree to eat consciously at each meal, and eat breakfast every morning.  You also will not eat 3 hours before bedtime.  Oprah wanted to limit alcohol consumption, where Bob Greene wants no alcohol consumption for the 12 week period of time.  Oprah's Bootcamp Show – Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover in 12 weeks


Diet of Vegetables Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study

Diet of Vegetables Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study

Vegetables

Researchers have discovered that vegetables are good for you because they reduce hardening of the arteries.  Scientists at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine conducted their research on mice that were predispose to developing atherosclerosis, the formation fatty plaques on blood vessel walls which will eventually protrude into the vessel's opening and can reduce blood flow. Diet of Vegetables Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study


Viagra Cialis and Levitra Benefit Heart and other Organs - Erectile Dysfunction ED Drugs Improve Blood Flow According to Study

Viagra Cialis and Levitra Benefit Heart and other Organs - Erectile Dysfunction ED Drugs Improve Blood Flow According to Study

Cialis

Researchers say that Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs benefit other systems in the body.  This is according to Ernst R. Schwarz, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who specializes in therapies for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).  Many of his patients have heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure or other related conditions.    Viagra Cialis and Levitra Benefit Heart and other Organs - Erectile Dysfunction ED Drugs Improve Blood Flow According to Study


ADHD– Pine Bark Extract reduced Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms

ADHD– Pine Bark Extract reduced Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms

French Maritime Pine

A study using a pine bark extract from trees that grow on the coast of France have shown to help children with ADHD by improving their symptoms after receiving this supplement.  The study will be published in the June 17th issue of the journal of European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The pine bark extract is called Pycnogenol® and is distributed in the United States by Natural Health Science Inc.  There have been a number of other studies with this extract that have shown benefits for a series of health issue because it is an anti-oxidant.  Pycnogenol® contains bioflavonoids including catechin, epicatechin, taxifolin, monomers, dimers of catechin and epicatechin, oligomeric procyanidnins and phenolic fruit acids such as ferulic acid and caffeic acid.  The manufacturers say that there are no side effects from taking this supplement.  ADHD– Pine Bark Extract reduced Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms


Type 2 Diabetes – Elevated levels of RBP4 early indication of Insulin Resistance

Type 2 Diabetes – Elevated levels of RBP4 early indication of Insulin Resistance

Exercise can help lower RBP4 levels

A recent study found that increased levels of retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4) molecule helps predict the early stage of insulin resistance which is the one of the major reasons why most people develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  This study led by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) was first reported in the June 15th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

It may become possible to develop anti-diabetic therapies that lower RBP4 levels.  By measuring for elevated levels of RBP4, this could be used as a diagnostic tool to assess people’s risk for developing diabetes before the disease becomes onset.  Type 2 Diabetes – Elevated levels of RBP4 early indication of Insulin Resistance


DNA Vaccine Developed For Alzheimer's Disease - Japanese Researchers Say Genetic Based Vaccine Could Reverse Plaque Buildup in Brain

DNA Vaccine Developed For Alzheimer's Disease - Japanese Researchers Say Genetic Based Vaccine Could Reverse Plaque Buildup in Brain

Health

Japanese researchers say that they have promising new results with mice studies that may benefit Alzheimer’s disease patients.  They have been able to cut levels of key amyloid proteins thought to cause the disease, by up to 50% in some parts of the brain by using a DNA vaccine.

The over-production of amyloid proteins are thought to trigger symptoms of Alzheimer's by forming clumps that litter the brain, according to the BBC.  Previous research has shown that it is possible to stimulate the immune system of mice to attack these plaques, if they are immunized with amyloid protein.  But when this was done in humans the immune response was so great that the brain began to swell. The clinical trial for a vaccine had to be called off in 2003 after 18 of the 298 patients developed swelling in their brains.  DNA Vaccine Developed For Alzheimer's Disease - Japanese Researchers Say Genetic Based Vaccine Could Reverse Plaque Buildup in Brain


Compare Januvia and Galvus Diabetes Drugs - Both Lower Blood Sugar with Fewer Side Effects than Glipzide Glucotrol - Weight Loss Too

Compare Januvia and Galvus Diabetes Drugs - Both Lower Blood Sugar with Fewer Side Effects than Glipzide Glucotrol - Weight Loss Too

Glucose Monitor

Two pills from competing pharmaceuticals have shown promise in trials as an effective treatment for type-2 diabetes, but without the side effects.  Other drugs on the market can cause low blood sugar and weight gain side-effects, so these new drugs may be better. 

It is hoped the drugs will reach the US market in less than a year.  Forbes has reported that the combined sales could reach $5 billion by 2010.  The drugs, Januvia and Galvus (made by Merck and Novartis respectively), spare the side effects while preserving the beta cells in the pancreas.  These cells produce insulin which helps reduce glucose in the blood.  They usually die off in diabetes patients.  Compare Januvia and Galvus Diabetes Drugs - Both Lower Blood Sugar with Fewer Side Effects than Glipzide Glucotrol - Weight Loss Too


Cirrhosis Risk Reduced in Coffee Drinkers - No Reduction For Tea Consumers - Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis Risk Reduced in Coffee Drinkers - No Reduction For Tea Consumers - Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver

Coffee

Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver, according to an article in the June12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  Cirrhosis progressively replaces healthy liver tissue with scar tissue, and can be brought on by excessive alcohol consumption.

Other factors may play a role in determining who gets cirrhosis including genetics, diet and nutrition, smoking and the interaction of alcohol with other toxins that damage the liver.  Hepatitis C can also cause cirrhosis, but heavy alcohol consumption is the primary cause in developed countries. Cirrhosis Risk Reduced in Coffee Drinkers - No Reduction For Tea Consumers - Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver


Migraines and Headaches - Have A Headache? See Your Dentist

Migraines and Headaches - Have A Headache? See Your Dentist

teeth

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic headaches or Migraines? Usually these people have seen a variety of different doctors, with little if any relief. Their symptoms are being treated, but the cause of the problem still persists. Ever thought about seeing your dentist for a migraine?

Well that is just one of the conditions that Neuromuscular dentistry is being used to treat. Neuromuscular dentistry is one of the new technologies available in dentistry today. It is different from regular dentistry in that it focuses on the muscles of the jaw and neck and how they are related to the teeth.  Migraines and Headaches - Have A Headache? See Your Dentist


Prostate Health - Beer Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement - Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland 

Prostate Health - Beer Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement - Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland

Supplement

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, inhibits NF-kappaB protein in cells along the surface of the prostate gland.  Xanthohumol is a chief ingredient in beer and this finding may lead to a therapy that could prevent both prostate cancer and prostate enlargement.

According to Emily Ho, "We've shown that the addition of xanthohumol in a cell culture blocks the signal of NF-KappaB protein and works to slow down the growth of benign prostatic hyperplasia and malignant prostate cancer cell”.  Ho is assistant professor of nutrition and exercise sciences in OSU's College of Health and Human Sciences and a researcher with OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.  Prostate Health - Beer Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement - Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland 


Possible Cow to Cow Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSE

Possible Cow to Cow Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSE

Health

New cases of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE) have appeared in cows in Texas and Alabama.  These cases appear to be an atypical form of the disease.  Scientists believe it may be a new strain of the disease that can be passed from cow to cow. 

Scientists theorize that cows pick up BSE, a cellular prion protein (prions are smaller than viruses), from their feed.  In this case however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the existence of a rare strain and researchers are still unsure how the disease was transferred.  Possible Cow to Cow Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSE


Quit Smoking with a new Vaccine for Smokers – Trial for Nicotine Block now Enrolling

Quit Smoking with a new Vaccine for Smokers – Trial for Nicotine Block now Enrolling

Smoking

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) are now enrolling patients for phase II of “proof of principle” trial to test a nicotine blocking vaccine.

The UCSF’s Habit Abatement Clinic is testing NicVax, which is a vaccine being developed by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals.  The vaccine is intended to help people quit smoking by limiting the nicotine cravings.  The vaccine works with the immune system to keep nicotine from reaching the brain. Quit Smoking with a new Vaccine for Smokers – Trial for Nicotine Block now Enrolling


Pfizer Says New Insulin Inhaler Available Next Month - Inhaled Diabetes Drug Exubera Will Cost More But Patients Gain Less Weight

Pfizer Says New Insulin Inhaler Available Next Month - Inhaled Diabetes Drug Exubera Will Cost More But Patients Gain Less Weight

Exubera

In January the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Exubera, an inhaled insulin drug.  Now the drug maker, Pfizer Inc, says they hope to launch Exubera in the United States next month. 

Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, expects to market the product for adults with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.  Sales are expected to top $1 billion a year. 

The drug appears safe, according to Reuters.  In trials, it has been able to safely control blood sugar over a two-year period.  It is expected than many Americans will switch to this new method of introducing insulin into their body.  Pfizer Says New Insulin Inhaler Available Next Month - Inhaled Diabetes Drug Exubera Will Cost More But Patients Gain Less Weight


Type 2 Diabetes – PSARL Gene discovered that may lead to a Cure

Type 2 Diabetes – PSARL Gene discovered that may lead to a Cure

Eating Healthy Foods

According to an Australian newspaper The Herald Sun, a group of Victorian scientists discovered the gene that is responsible that contributes to the development of Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is not just an epidemic in the United States.  Australia is greatly impacted with 100,000 newly diagnosed patients each year.  The reason for the dramatic increase of type 2 diabetes is due to the dietary choices and lack of exercise.

ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals scientists from Geelong would want to develop a DNA diagnostic test that would be on the Australian market in 2 years.  They could test the DNA by taking a swab to the inside of the patient’s mouth.  Type 2 Diabetes – PSARL Gene discovered that may lead to a Cure


Beating Heart Transplant Surgery Successful In UK - Could Help Donor Organ Shortage

Beating Heart Transplant Surgery Successful In UK - Could Help Donor Organ Shortage

TransMedics

A new technique may make it possible to transplant organs that would otherwise not be transplantable.  The new device, called the TransMedics Organ Care System, could increase the pool of acceptable donor hearts by allowing surgeons to transplant otherwise marginal donor organs.

Two weeks ago, doctors in the United Kingdom (UK) performed the world’s first “beating heart transplant”.  If approved in the US, it could increase the donor supply and solve a chronic organ shortage crisis, ABC News correspondent Bharathi Radhakrishan recently reported.  Beating Heart Transplant Surgery Successful In UK - Could Help Donor Organ Shortage


High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy - Birth Defects increase if Mother takes ACE Inhibitors during Pregnancy

High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy - Birth Defects increase if Mother takes ACE Inhibitors during Pregnancy

Health

A study funded by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Food and Drug Administration found that if a mother takes angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors during the first trimester of pregnancy there was an increased risk of major congenital malformations when compared to mothers that did not take these medications.  The study was first published in the June 8th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy - Birth Defects increase if Mother takes ACE Inhibitors during Pregnancy


West Nile Virus Symptoms - Methods For Reducing Risk Of Exposure to Mosquitoes - Bug Repellant - Magnets - Bug Zappers - Nets

West Nile Virus Symptoms - Methods For Reducing Risk Of Exposure to Mosquitoes - Bug Repellant - Magnets - Bug Zappers - Nets

Blood Filled Mosquito

This is the beginning of the mosquito season and West Nile Virus (WNV) cases are expected this year again. The virus was first discovered in a febrile adult woman in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937.  Later it became apparent that the virus was responsible for cases of severe meningitis and encephalitis in elderly patients in Israel in 1957.  Since then it has spread to temperate regions of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, west and central Asia, Oceania (subtype Kunjin) and North America (since 1999).  West Nile Virus Symptoms - Methods For Reducing Risk Of Exposure to Mosquitoes - Bug Repellant - Magnets - Bug Zappers - Nets


Harvard Begins Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research - University Will Use Private Funds to Bypass Funding Ban on Cloning - Diabetes Leukemia

Harvard Begins Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research - University Will Use Private Funds to Bypass Funding Ban on Cloning

Daley - Melton - Eggan

Researchers from Harvard University have begun experiments using Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) to create disease-specific stem cell lines.  It is hoped this research will be useful in developing treatments for a wide range of now-incurable conditions afflicting tens of millions of people.

The school believes this is the first noncommercial effort in the United States to use human embryonic stem cells in a series of experiments whose principle has already been proven in animals.  It is hoped that the research will lead to treatments or cures for blood diseases like leukemia and possibly diabetes.  Harvard Begins Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research - University Will Use Private Funds to Bypass Funding Ban on Cloning - Diabetes Leukemia


Cancer and Heart Disease are much lower in Asia possibly from drinking Green Tea

Cancer and Heart Disease are much lower in Asia possibly from drinking Green Tea

Green Tea

Scientists call it the ‘Asian Paradox’ because of the lower amounts of cancer and cardiovascular disease in Asians, even though these countries have an abundance of heavy smokers.  Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine theorize that possibly it is related to the high consumption of green tea.  The article was first reported in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

"We do not yet have a full explanation for the 'Asian paradox,' which refers to the very low incidence of both heart disease and cancer in Asia, even though consumption of cigarettes is greater than in most other countries," said the lead author, Bauer Sumpio, M.D. who is a professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery. "But we now have some theories."  Cancer and Heart Disease are much lower in Asia possibly from drinking Green Tea


Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of Patients - Combined Therapies Best

Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of Patients - Combined Therapies Best

CPAP Mask

There is a link between sleep apnea and heart disease.  It has been recommended that people with heart disease get tested for sleep apnea and combine treatments if it is discovered that they have the sleeping disorder.  In a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22nd, researchers will present evidence that using a Constant Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine can “significantly” reduce blood pressure.   Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of Patients - Combined Therapies Best


Asthma – Breathing Exercises can help in Mild Cases

Asthma – Breathing Exercises can help in Mild Cases

Exercise

A double blind randomized trial of different breathing exercises was tested to measure how it could help in the treatment of asthma.  The results were first published in the online edition of Thorax.

Researchers discovered that using a breathing exercise in mild asthma cases can reduce the need for using an inhaler by 80 percent and also reduced the dosage of medication needed.

There were a total of 57 adult participants that suffer from mild asthma and used the preventer inhaler at least four times a week were assigned randomly two separate breathing techniques.  The first breathing exercise was to use a shallow nasal breathing with slow exhalations.  The second breathing exercise used general upper body exercised along with relaxation.  Asthma – Breathing Exercises can help in Mild Cases


Anger Management - Treatments Recommended For Road Rage – Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) is Identified and is Widespread

Anger Management - Treatments Recommended For Road Rage – Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) is Identified and is Widespread

Anger Management

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), a disease characterized by recurring episodes of anger and potentially violent outbursts, is much more common than thought.  According to the researchers, the disorder can be diagnosed.  If a person has had three major episodes of impulsive aggressiveness at any time in his life which is significantly more explosive than what most normal people would have had in the same situation, they have the disorder. 

The outbursts are sudden and can include damage to property or physical harm.  The disorder could affect as many as 7.3 percent of adults.  That works out to 16 million Americans.  Harvard professor of health care, Ronald Kessler, PhD says that each year IED affects nearly 4 percent of Americans, or 8.6 million adults. Anger Management - Treatments Recommended For Road Rage – Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) is Identified and is Widespread


New Brain Tumor Treatment Involves Scorpion Venom – New Narcolepsy Drug used to Ease Fatigue and Depression in Cancer Patients

New Brain Tumor Treatment Involves Scorpion Venom – New Narcolepsy Drug used to Ease Fatigue and Depression in Cancer Patients

Brain Tumor

Researchers say that a drug used to treat narcolepsy, modafinil, (Provigil), has shown promise in relieving symptoms of fatigue in patients with brain tumors.  These improvements have been shown to be “clinically meaningful” in all areas tested including cognitive abilities (21 percent average improvement), mood (35 percent average improvement) and fatigue (average improvement of 47 percent improvement).  New Brain Tumor Treatment Involves Scorpion Venom – New Narcolepsy Drug used to Ease Fatigue and Depression in Cancer Patients 


Oprah's Show Tells Viewers How to Prepare For Bird Flu Pandemic - Winfrey Interviews Avian Influenza Expert Doctor

Oprah's Show Tells Viewers How to Prepare For Bird Flu Pandemic - Winfrey Interviews Avian Influenza Expert Doctor

Influenza Virus

The Oprah Winfrey show concerning the bird flu re-ran again Saturday night after the local news.  It was an eye opening conversation with Dr. Michael Osterholm.  He is an infectious disease expert from the University of Minnesota.  Osterholm told the audience that “there really are, in a sense, three different kinds of influenza viruses.  There is that which naturally lives in wild birds. That virus doesn't really hurt us very often."

The second type is the seasonal flu which kills 36,000 people a year in the US.  The third type is the one experts are worried about.  This is the flu that may infect both birds and humans.  According to Osterholm, “That's when we see a pandemic, or a worldwide epidemic.  And that's what we worry about." Oprah's Show Tells Viewers How to Prepare For Bird Flu Pandemic - Winfrey Interviews Avian Influenza Expert Doctor 


New Breast Cancer Treatment Tykerb May Compete Against Herceptin - GlazoSmithKline GSK Product Passes Blood Brain Barrier - Low Heart Risk

New Breast Cancer Treatment Tykerb Pill Competes Against Herceptin - GlazoSmithKline GSK Product Passes Blood Brain Barrier - Low Heart Risk

Tykerb Mechanism

Tykerb, a new drug produced by GlazoSmithKline (GSK), is showing promise in treating breast cancer where Herceptin fails to respond.  Tykerb is a pill that can be taken orally, compared to other chemotherapy drugs which must be injection.  It is also a smaller molecule and can pass through the blood brain barrier to attack breast cancer that has spread to the brain. New Breast Cancer Treatment Tykerb Pill Competes Against Herceptin - GlazoSmithKline GSK Product Passes Blood Brain Barrier - Low Heart Risk


Type 1 Diabetes – Gene Therapy prevented Onset of Diabetic Symptoms in Mice Study

Type 1 Diabetes – Gene Therapy prevented Onset of Diabetic Symptoms in Mice Study

Mouse

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were successful at preventing mice from developing the onset of hyperglycemia in mice.  The method for the prevention was by introducing a gene encoding for cytokine.  Cytokine is a protein that arouses and hinders the production and/or job of the immune cells from making insulin producing cells.  The research was first presented at the American Society of Gene Therapy Annual Meeting in Baltimore which was May 31st through June 4th.

There is currently an estimated 700,000 people in the United States that have Type 1 diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is caused because of an autoimmune disorder. The body attacks the insulin producing cells found in the pancreas.  Not only is do type 1 diabetes individuals have chronic hyperglycemia complications include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and nerve damage.  Another name for type 1 diabetes is juvenile diabetes.  The disorder usually begins in children however adults also can develop this condition later in life as well.  Type 1 Diabetes – Gene Therapy prevented Onset of Diabetic Symptoms in Mice Study


New Study Question High Dosage Statin Use - Side Effect Risk May Outweigh Benefits - High Cholesterol - British Medical Journal Article 

New Study Question High Dosage Statin Use - Side Effect Risk May Outweigh Benefits - High Cholesterol - British Medical Journal Article

Statin Drug Questions

A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) questions whether more aggressive treatment of cholesterol is prudent.  By aggressive, they mean therapy to lower low density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol) cholesterol concentrations to less than 1.81 mmol/l.  The researchers said that the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program’s new recommendations for cholesterol levels “might therefore put most of the Western world’s adult population on statin therapy.” New Study Question High Dosage Statin Use - Side Effect Risk May Outweigh Benefits - High Cholesterol - British Medical Journal Article 


Reverse Aging - Lamin A Protein May Hold Key To Fountain of Youth - Anti-Aging Treatment May Stem From Lamin-A Research into HGPS

Reverse Aging - Lamin A Protein May Hold Key To Fountain of Youth - Anti-Aging Treatment May Stem From Lamin-A Research into HGPS

Lamin A Structure

Since Ponce de Leon, we have been looking for the fountain of youth, but now researchers may have found it in the protein lamin.  When people grow old, the walls of the nuclei lose their their perkiness and round shape.  The cells become wrinkled and weak. 

The weakened cell membrane allows damaging agents to get inside the nucleus to the cell’s DNA.  Studies have shown that these agents can cause mutations which lead to physical aging. NCI researchers Paola Scaffidi, PhD, and Tom Misteli, PhD, while studying the cause of  Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, were able to “reverse” the abnormalities seen in cells by correcting the defects associated with the protein lamin-A.  Reverse Aging - Lamin A Protein May Hold Key To Fountain of Youth - Anti-Aging Treatment May Stem From Lamin-A Research into HGPS


Herceptin Improved Treatment For Both Early Stage And Advanced HER2 Positive Breast Cancer - Also Combined With Chemotherapy

Herceptin Improved Treatment For Both Early Stage And Advanced HER2 Positive Breast Cancer - Also Combined With Chemotherapy

Health

Patients with breast cancer that overexpress a protein known as the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), can improve their chance of survival by combining Herceptin® (trastuzumab) and Arimidex® (anastrozole), compared to Arimidex alone.  Currently Herceptin is approved for as initial therapy in addition to the chemotherapy agent Taxol® (paclitaxel) in advanced, HER2-positive breast cancer.  Herceptin is also approved as a single agent in patients where breast cancer has progressed following a prior therapy.  Herceptin Improved Treatment For Both Early Stage And Advanced HER2 Positive Breast Cancer - Also Combined With Chemotherapy


A new wesbite launched by Wyeth called knowmenopause.com

A new wesbite launched by Wyeth called knowmenopause.com

Health

Several years ago, Wyeth developed a wesbite called menopausehealth.com as part of an "educational" campaign for women entitled VITALITY: HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR MIDLIFE AND BEYOND. It piggy-backed off of the ubiquitous TV and print ads featuring Lauren Hutton touting hormone replacement as a longterm therapy for feeling and looking good and for maintaining health. The wesbite didn't outright state that estrogen prevented all of these diseases, just that the evidence was mounting that estrogen LOSS caused all of them and that the small increased risk of breast cancer associated with HRT (which paid breast specialist Michele Blackwood said might not even exist) would, at worst, be mitigated by the reductions in heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer's, bone loss, tooth loss, you name it!  A new wesbite launched by Wyeth called knowmenopause.com


Learning Disabled and Handicapped Individuals – How You can help with this and other Community Problems

Learning Disabled and Handicapped Individuals – How You can help with this and other Community Problems

Smart But Stuck
book by
Myrna Orenstein

“I am only one. But still, I am one. I cannot do every thing, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do every thing, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”  “Edward Everetthale"

The major community problem for which I have contributed my efforts is the problem of “THE RIGHTS OF SPECIAL PEOPLE”. I have worked as a teaching/counseling/social with the “Special People” of our “Community” since 7 years. Since from my childhood, I had an intention to social work for the special people, because I had a natural bond of attachment with them. To accomplish my wish, I chose “SPECIAL PEOPLE COMMITTEE” of our community so that I could bring change in their lives.  Learning Disabled and Handicapped Individuals – How You can help with this and other Community Problems


Increased Heart Risk Associated With Ibuprofen Use - BMJ Study Shows Risk of Some NSAIDs Similar to Vioxx For Heart Attacks

Increased Heart Risk Associated With Ibuprofen Use - BMJ Study Shows Risk of Some NSAIDs Similar to Vioxx For Heart Attacks

Health

Researchers have evaluated several studies and have concluded that some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may pose a risk of cardiovascular events similar to Cox-2 Inhibitors like Vioxx. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), combined all the available randomized data from 138 trials for form a conclusion.  This meta-analysis included 140,000 patients.  Increased Heart Risk Associated With Ibuprofen Use - BMJ Study Shows Risk of Some NSAIDs Similar to Vioxx For Heart Attacks


Patients with Depression Have Slow Heart Rate Recover - Depressed Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants May Have Higher Death Rate - Attack

Patients with Depression Have Slow Heart Rate Recover - Depressed Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants May Have Higher Death Rate - Attack

Dr. Joel Hughes

Researchers have discovered that there is a link between depression and the length of time it takes for a patient to return to a normal heart rate during cardiac rehabilitation.  The research, published in the American Heart Journal, indicates that heart rate recovery after exercise was slower among patients with symptoms of depression. 

The heart rate recovery after a treadmill stress test is a good indication of how the autonomic nervous system is functioning, according to a report by Reuters Health. Dr. Joel W. Hughes, co-author of the study, and colleagues from Kent State University of Ohio said that patients who take longer to recover their normal heart rate also have an increased risk of mortality.  Patients with Depression Have Slow Heart Rate Recover - Depressed Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants May Have Higher Death Rate - Attack


Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline Help Send Kids To Prison

Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline Help Send Kids To Prison

Prison Bars

In 2003, the pharmaceutical industry passed out $16.4 billion worth of free drug samples to doctors. These so-called free samples are literally killing people. Two young lads who were lucky enough to get free samples of Zoloft are now sitting in prison.

After visits to their family doctors, Christopher Pittman and Zachary Schmidkunz were both sent home with a bag of Zoloft samples with no warnings about the drug's side effects. They both went on to commit murder, were sent to prison, and are now waiting for hearings on their appeals.  Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline Help Send Kids To Prison


Hoodia Supplements - Patented Hoodia Chewing Gum

Hoodia Supplements - Patented Hoodia Chewing Gum

Hoodia being packaged

Anna Nicole Smith lost 69lb with a product that contained Hoodia!

No More Taking Diet Pills Though, As New Proven Weight Loss Secret Revealed By Industry Leaders in Two New Products.

Herbal diet manufacturers specializing in Hoodia Gordonii proven weight loss products have pinpointed a real secret winner in chewing gum that has a powerful added active weight loss ingredient.
Hoodia Supplements - Patented Hoodia Chewing Gum


Increased Risk For Repeat C-Section Births - Natural Births Compared - Complications Arise From Second or More C Sections

Increased Risk For Repeat C-Section Births - Natural Births Compared - Complications Arise From Second or More C Sections

Health

Researchers believe that repeat c-sections may increase the risk of bowel injury and other complications, according to a report in the June issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The higher risks include accreta, cystotomy, bowel injury, ureteral injury; ileus, postoperative ventilatory use, ICU admission, and blood transfusion of at least 4 units were directly related to the number of cesarean deliveries.

Reuter’s health reported that the rate of placenta accreta ranged from 0.24% in first-time c-section patients to 6.74% in women with six or more c-sections. In women with previa, the rates were much higher, ranging from 3% in first-time c-section patients to 67% in women with at least five c-sections.  Also, the hysterectomy rate was lowest in second-time c-section patients and highest in those with at least six c-sections, ranging from 0.42% to 8.99%.  Increased Risk For Repeat C-Section Births - Natural Births Compared - Complications Arise From Second or More C Sections


Lung Cancer – Tumor growth increases with loss of a Protein

Lung Cancer – Tumor growth increases with loss of a Protein

Lungs

Zafira Castaño who is a researcher and Doctor in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra in Spain, discovered a connection between lower levels of αCP4 protein in early stages of lung cancer help tumor growth.

Castaño noticed that these αCP4 protein cells are found on tissue cells within a healthy lung.  However in a lung that was in first phase of cancer there was a loss of this protein.  The αCP4 protein was also lacking in 67% of the tumors as well.  Lung Cancer – Tumor growth increases with loss of a Protein


Diabetic Nerve Health – Success with a Trial for treatment of Neuropathy associated with Diabetes

Diabetic Nerve Health – Success with a Trial for treatment of Neuropathy associated with Diabetes

Professor David Tomlinson

Testing for a potential new treatment for nerve damage caused by diabetes has shown some success with preclinical and early patient trials in the United States.

Researchers from The University of Manchester,UK discovered a way to inject a therapy into diabetic patients which help to stimulate genes.  By doing this therapy it may be possible to prevent nerve damage in the hands and feet of diabetic patients.

This treatment could help prevent foot amputations of thousands of diabetics each year. The World Health Organization has estimated there would be 300 million people worldwide that could have diabetes by 2025.  Diabetes is being diagnosed in young to middle age adults and would put them at a higher risk for amputations because of the long-term complications of this disorder.  Diabetic Nerve Health – Success with a Trial for treatment of Neuropathy associated with Diabetes


Treatment and Prevention of Shingles - Combination of Viral Drugs May Treat Shingles and New Drug May Prevent It - Shingles Symptoms

Treatment and Prevention of Shingles - Combination of Viral Drugs May Treat Shingles and New Drug May Prevent It - Shingles Symptoms

Shingles

Researchers say that a combination of antiviral drug medications will reduce nerve pain following a shingles infection.  The study, led by Dianna Quan, MD and her colleagues at the University of Colorado and Health Sciences Center, Denver, administered the antiviral therapy to 15 patients (12 men and three women). 

The participants received 10 milligrams of the medication acyclovir intravenously every eight hours for 14 days and then took three 1,000-milligram pills of the medication valacyclovir every day for one month.  The patients were asked to rate their pain from a scale of zero to 10, both before and after the treatment, and than again a month after finishing the valacyclovir therapy.  Treatment and Prevention of Shingles - Combination of Viral Drugs May Treat Shingles and New Drug May Prevent It - Shingles Symptoms


Diabetes Type 2 – New Understandings may help develop treatments in the Future

Diabetes Type 2 – New Understandings may help develop treatments in the Future

Mice

Researchers have learned that SHP-1 protein plays a role in controlling blood glucose in Type 2 Diabetes patients which could lead to new treatments in the future. 

Professor André Marette (Laval University) oversaw a group of researchers that included Nicole Beauchemin (McGill University), Martin Oliver (McGill University Health Centre) and Katherine Siminovitch (University of Toronto) who all was part of a Canadian and American team.  The results will be published in the May issue of Nature Medicine.  Diabetes Type 2 – New Understandings may help develop treatments in the Future

 

 
 
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